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Agencies update plan for managing chronic wasting disease
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Natural Resources Commission adopted changes to chronic wasting disease baiting and feeding regulations, as outlined in Michigan's newly revised CWD response plan, at a recent meeting in Lansing, Mich. Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams recently signed the first revision to the CWD plan since it was adopted a decade ago. The updated plan takes into account the large amount of research and case studies on CWD that have become available since Michigan's original Surveillance and Response Plan for Chronic Wasting Disease of Free-ranging and Privately Owned Cervids was finalized in 2002. More

Utah's outdoor industry attempts to flex political clout
The Associated Press via The Modesto Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The outdoor recreation industry is flexing its economic muscle — some $640 billion annually spent by Americans on gear, travel and services — to push for wilderness protection in Utah, threatening to pull a lucrative biannual trade show if the state doesn't change course on environmental issues. The industry recently showed its resolve by giving Utah's governor an ultimatum: give up on a threat to take over federal land in the state or risk losing the outdoor gear show that draws thousands of visitors and injects more than $40 million yearly into the state economy. Empty threat or not, the outdoor industry and related services represent a sizeable chunk of Utah's income — roughly $4 billion a year, or 5 percent of the state's gross product. More

Fish wrap: Salmon anglers haul in 50-pound thresher shark
Marin Independent Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Like the leaves that begin turning color on the trees and the grapes that begin to ripen in the vineyards, local salmon operate on a predictable calendar of annual activity. So it's no surprise that the big school of kings that was holding off the coast of Marin, Calif., about eight miles out has finally pushed right up against the beach, from Stinson to Muir. It happens every August — big salmon, fattened by summer feasting and still on the gorge, mobilizing for their upstream migration. But with salmon being the expected catch for every boat now plying the waters of the Marin coast, it came as a thrilling surprise for Richard Birnbaum off of Muir Beach when something obviously not a salmon slammed his bait, doubling over his rod and stripping line from the reel like he'd snagged a submarine. More

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Fred Bonner: Hunting feral hogs, coyotes at night, now legal in North Carolina
Garner News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After several months of public hearings and controversy, temporary rules that allow hunting coyotes and feral swine at night with a light on private lands went into effect Aug. 1. Predator hunters are happy about the new rule but red wolf advocates are concerned that well-meaning hunters will make a mistake and accidentally kill one of their protected animals. With the new temporary rule allowing hunters to hunt feral swine and coyotes at night, with the use of lights and with the permission of landowners on private lands, hunters now can help our Wildlife Commission to control these nuisance animals. More

Conservation officials seek help from Missouri hunters
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Missouri conservation officials are asking bow hunters to help keep track of wildlife by participating in a survey. The state Conservation Department will mail surveys to participating bow hunters in September. They'll be asked to record how many deer, turkeys and fur-bearing animals they see and where, when and for how long they hunt. More

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Washington waterfowl hunters appear headed for great season
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Washington state's waterfowl seasons have been set at a liberal 107 hunting days, and hunters might see another record fall and winter. In Washington, the high duck forecasts are based on early surveys in northern breeding grounds. Waterfowl counts in Alaska, as well as southern and northern Alberta, both had sharp increases, which are important areas to the regional flyway. Duck production was down 20 to 30 percent in those areas last year, but has since recovered. More

Chinook options continue to improve in Puget Sound
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The hatchery king fishery in central and northern Puget Sound in Washington state has been frustrating at times, but don't throw in the towel just yet. The latest reports indicate a giant wall of kings are still milling in Strait of Juan de Fuca, the west side of Vancouver Island and Admiralty Inlet off Whidbey Island. More

Be prepared: Get ready now for hunting season
The News Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
License. Box of shells. Food, drinks. Gas. As hunting season prepares to open in various parts, it always is good to be prepared. Richard Price offers tips to hunters everywhere about what to get and what to take camping to help get ready for hunting season. More

Fishermen: Hideous, coveted monkfish too long on regulations, too short on data
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The menacing monkfish is a sly, voracious predator and a coveted meal itself, with a sweet tail meat that's earned it the nickname "the poor man's lobster." The one-time trash fish also is relatively poorly understood by federal regulators. Some fishermen say that's annually costing their troubled industry tens of millions of dollars. In a letter sent recently to the Northeast region's science chief, the Monkfish Defense Fund argued the lack of information leads federal regulators to be too cautious managing the fish, so unneeded restrictions are suppressing the catch on an abundant species. More

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